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- West Fest
- July 7, 2012 12:00 pm
- July 7, 2012 10:00 pm
- Every 0 days until July 8, 2012 (See all)
- Chicago Ave. between Damen and Wood
Chicago, IL, United States
Saturday & Sunday, July 7th & 8th
on Chicago Avenue between Damen and Wood
There is something for everyone at West Fest, the Chicago street fair that reflects the eclectic persona of its West Town environs. Held annually on Chicago Avenue at Damen, the two-day party features live cutting edge music booked by Empty Bottle Presents, the BassbythePound DJ Stage, Kid Fest with kid activities and entertainment, Pet Fest with pet product vendors and dog activities for charity, plus a multitude of booths from popular neighborhood restaurants, retailers, and artists. What makes this fest unique is that it’s locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, thus the emphasis is all-things “local,” from the food to the talent.
The biggest difference between West Fest and other cookie-cutter Chicago street festivals is the high quality live music on the main stage booked by Empty Bottle Presents. West Fest is all about up and coming local and national artists playing original live music. West Fest also features a DJ stage and has since it’s inception in 2004.
*For talent photos, bios or interviews, contact West Fest publicist Jody Grimaldi at 630/470-0044:
Kid Fest (on Wolcott & Rice): Join us for the 7th annual Kids Fest held in conjunction with West Fest July 7th & 8th from Noon to 6pm – located on Wolcott Ave between Chicago Ave and Rice. A jammed packed two-day family fun event. Come enjoy entertainment, bounce houses, pony rides, face painters, games, crafts and lots more.
Pet Fest: Each year West Fest features another large ‘fest within a fest’ dedicated exclusively to pet product vendors, canine bathing pools, and plenty of pet activities for charity. This year, West Town’s own Doggy Style Pet Shop will be hosting a dog wash for charity (details TBA). For just $10, your dog can go from hot and dirty to cool and clean. In addition, Doggy Style Pet Shop pledges to match every donation made during the dog wash up to $1500.
$5 donation requested for admittance to West Fest offsets the costs of the event and benefits local non-profits providing services for the immediate neighborhood: the West Town Chamber of Commerce and the Commercial Park Advisory Council which funds improvements to local West Town parks and three local play lots.